Application Forms & Instructions
We accept the Common Application, the Universal College Application, and the Candidate’s Choice Application.* We do not prefer one application over another.
*If you’re applying to one of our Accelerated Programs in law or medicine, you cannot use the Candidate’s Choice Application.
If you complete the Universal College Application, you must also complete and submit the associated Rensselaer Application Supplement.
Special Instructions for:
You’re strongly encouraged to apply online:
Go to www.commonapp.org to complete the application.
Common Application Supplement
Rensselaer has an optional supplement on The Common Application, which allows students to submit a resume if they choose. This is optional- if you feel that the activities section of the Common Application provides enough space to describe your activities, you do not need to submit a resume. Resumes should include information not found elsewhere on the application, and should not repeat what is already described on the Common Application.
Please note that since the writing supplement is entirely optional, an applicant will see the green check mark on the My Colleges page for the writing supplement, but the box below it (Review and Submit Writing Supplement) will be unchecked. On the Dashboard, there will continue to be a yellow dot next to the writing supplement if it isn't submitted - this indicates that it is pending. Since it isn't submitted, the system still considers it pending and will not display a green check mark.
Universal College Application
Go to www.universalcollegeapp.com to complete the application and the associated Rensselaer Application Supplement form.
Candidate’s Choice Application
Students may also apply via the Candidate’s Choice Application. This streamlined application is available to students who have expressed an interest in Rensselaer. Please note that students applying to an accelerated program (in law or medicine) cannot apply using the Candidate’s Choice Application.
Important note for students using the Candidate’s Choice Application:
Any credentials submitted through Naviance will only be received by Rensselaer if the applicant has submitted the Common Application.
Students applying Early Decision (either EDI or EDII): If you submit an Early Decision application, you must also submit a signed ED agreement form. This may be completed electronically through the Common Application. Students using the Candidate's Choice or Universal College Application should download, complete, and submit the form below.
Early Decision Agreement Form (PDF)
Paper-based Application (submitted via mail):
Visit www.universalcollegeapp.com to download the application.
Download the associated Application Supplement:
Rensselaer Admissions Undergraduate Programs
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